Brindabella

Vessel Name: Brindabella
Vessel Make/Model: Najad 405
Hailing Port: Suffolk Yacht Harbour, UK
Crew: Simon, Fiona and Bella the dog!
About: Simon and Fiona had Brindabella built in Sweden before she was launched in 2009. They sailed her from Sweden back to Suffolk in the UK.
11 October 2019
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11 October 2019

Sant Carles

We arrived back at Sant Carles to prepare Brindabella to be lifted out of the water for the winter. We have had 5 days here doing a mixture of cleaning, preparing and some sightseeing.

08 October 2019

At anchor off Punta de la Banya

We left Cambrils at first light and set the mainsail, but to start with there was little wind. True to the forecast the wind slowly built and came around to the south. Once we had got out to Cabo Tortosa, we had enough wind to start sailing. It was a good sail for the remaining 3 or 4 hours. The sun [...]

03 October 2019

Cambrils

We are back in Cambrils, which is a port we stopped at on the way to Barcelona. It’s a very clean town with a good beach and smart town centre. Last time we were here, we anchored just outside the harbour. This time we went into the marina.

28 September 2019

Sitges

We left Barcelona at lunchtime and arrived in Sitges late afternoon. We had telephoned ahead to check the depth of the entrance, as we had heard reports of it silting. The marina said there was 2.8m. In practice we found 2.7 was the minimum. This was fine given our depth of 2.1 provided there was no [...]

23 September 2019

Barcelona

We arrived at the port of Barcelona late afternoon or rather you think you have arrived, as it takes over an hour to get into the marina. You first pass the container port, then oil storage, then the ferry terminal and eventually into the area of the port which contains three marinas. We were heading [...]

22 September 2019

Garraf

After Tarragona, we were heading up the coast for Barcelona, but decided to break the trip with an overnight stop at Garraf. This was a very small village with a nice new marina, club nautic and beach.

19 September 2019

Tarragona

After having breakfast ashore at Cambrils, we upped anchor and motored along the coast for an hour to Cap Salou. We anchored here for lunch and a swim off the boat.

18 September 2019

At anchor off Cambrils

We were up early on Wednesday. In fact, too early. The alarm was set for 6am, but it was not light until after 7.15am. Once Bella had been ashore, we departed shortly after 7.40am in the general direction of Tarragona.

16 September 2019

At anchor off Punta de la Banya

We returned to Brindabella on Saturday, after driving down through France and Spain over the past 7 days. We stopped in some great villages and towns on the way. Some were new such as the cheese town of Neufchatel and a walnut oil farm in Availles en Chatellerault and some we have been to before such [...]

16 June 2019

Sant Carles de la Rapita

We are now in our final marina at Sant Carles de la Rapita, having completed the last sail of this spring's cruise.

Mallorca - Port de Pollenca

13 May 2019
On Monday we moved the short distance from the anchorage at Cala Pidela Posada and into the harbour at Port de Pollenca. We were in the port for a few days meeting some friends from home.

We cleaned the boat on Tuesday and met Bob and Suzie in the evening for a meal on the harbour.

On Wednesday we drove out to the monastery at Lluc for a walk called "The Stairway to Heaven". The walk was a continuous steady climb from 500m up to 1080m, the views over the mountains and distant sea were stunning. At the top, there was a large deep dry-stone pit which we understand was used for storing ice. There were also some smaller pits used for making charcoal. We had an enjoyable evening meal at Bob and Suzie's hotel, with delicious local almond ice cream for dessert.

We cooked a meal for Bob and Suzie on board Brindabella on Wednesday night and did another shorter walk on Thursday. Bob drove us to the Cap de Formentor lighthouse which was a lovely drive through the valley, but we stopped short of the top, as there were a lot of cyclists and cars parked on the way up. We also visited Cala de Sant Vicenc which was a beautiful bay, enclosed with tall spiky rocks and aquamarine coloured water. We all had a delicious lunch in the beach café.

We were hoping to sail to Menorca on Friday, but some very strong winds were forecast, so after a final meal with friends on Thursday night, we left on Saturday.

Time: 1:00 hours Miles: 3nm Total Time: 95:00 hours Total Miles: 556nm
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